Switching: Scanner Issue

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  1. IgnatiusTheKing macrumors 68040

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    I just switched from a PC with Windows XP to a Mac Pro at work (been a Mac guy for a long time at home). I had an Acer 620U scanner hooked up to the PC using Photoshop. Seems that Acer never made a driver for the scanner to work with OS X. Does anyone know if there is a workaround for this (other than logging into Windows, which I do not want to do) or do I just need to get a new scanner?
     
  2. blodwyn macrumors 65816

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    Take a look at Vuescan - the Acer 620U is on the supported list. You can try the free trial to see if it works OK
     
  3. IgnatiusTheKing thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Thanks for the tip. I'll look into that.
     
  4. MisterMe macrumors G4

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    Your Benq/Acer 620U scanner is supported by the opensource SANE Project.
     
  5. IgnatiusTheKing thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Thank you! That is exactly what I was looking for.

    Man, I love these forums...
     
  6. IgnatiusTheKing thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Okay, now that I've read that site I realize I have no idea how to do anything like that. Anyone care to give me step-by-step directions?
     
  7. IgnatiusTheKing thread starter macrumors 68040

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    I found this site, which had packages available for download and some simple instructions. First, I installed the "libusb.pkg", then the "sane-backends.pkg", then the "TWAIN-SANE-Interface.pkg".

    There is now a "SANE" item in the File > Import menu, which opens a dialog box with scan options. It's actually better than the old PC dialog I had before, and the images come out just as great as ever. Very happy with it.

    Thanks to everyone for the help.
     

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  8. macbody macrumors newbie

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    thanks

    This topic almost saved my life :)
    I am saying almost because it seems that I need to get the driver and I don't have the CD, and then do some configuring of the snapscan.conf file :/
    so if anyone has the u96v057.bin driver that woudl be cool. OR a better way, coz then I need to launch a PERlscript etc...

    Thanks

    [edit] found the driver, not this version but works fine. I had to edit the snapscan.conf file at the top. with the path to the driver and the usb option.
     

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